I found a plumbing DIY video on YouTube. Do I really need to call a plumber?
There are some plumbing DIY fixes that can be done easily at home. However, it is important to know when you need to call in a professional. Calling in a professional plumber at the right time can save you time and money, in the event that your DIY plumbing job goes awry.
What could go wrong in my plumbing DIY?
The problem with watching a YouTube video and attempting the fix yourself is that not all plumping jobs are equal. If the video demonstrates a fix on a new home, and you have an older home, or vice versa, the parts and placement of parts might be radically different between the two. Therefore, what you see on the video might not match what you have in your home. At this point, the video might not prove to be very helpful with your plumbing DIY job. Also, unexpected issues can arise in construction and plumbing repairs, and if you don’t know how to handle the secondary problems, you might make the situation worse. Now you’re paying a plumber to fix two problems instead of one.
When should I call in a plumber?
You should call a professional plumber if the job is ultimately bigger than you expected it to be. If you realize you’re in over your head and don’t know how to proceed, you definitely want to bring in someone who does know. Be honest with yourself and realistic about the size of a job you can handle. If the fix becomes more complex than the video outlined, it’s time to stop and call the plumbers from Waterman Inc. and have them complete the job properly.
I just want to save time and money. Can’t I try it myself?
In most cases, you either save time, or you save money. Unless the job is simple and goes completely as planned, you likely cannot save both. By watching a YouTube video, you might have an idea of how to fix the problem, but you likely won’t be able to do it as quickly as a plumber. Once you factor in the cost of the parts you need to buy, in addition to the time it takes you to install them, you may not be as far ahead as you had wanted to be. The professional plumbers at Waterman Inc. will give you a quote on the labour and the parts, and have the job done in good time, saving you the headache.
What are the risks of my plumbing DIY?
In bigger plumbing jobs, the risks of the DIY job going bad far outweigh the benefits of DIYing. Especially where secondary concerns can come out of attempting a fix with no training, hiring a plumber is going to help you more than hurt you. Remember that your family’s safety is at stake if something goes wrong, all for the sake of saving some money. Instead of biting off more than you can chew, and attempting a big job you know very little about, consider hiring a professional plumber to do the work. So unless your plumbing DIY is a small, routine job, leave it to a plumber.
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